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I already use and am happy with a variety of text editors (vim, emacs,
ultraedit, jedit, Homesite) depending on my needs, but I would like
recommendations for a PHP specific IDE that will run on Windows XP.

Specifically I am looking for something that can help with debugging,
provides efficient code browsing (functions, objects, etc) across
multiple files in a project, easy browsing through proper mappings to a
development server/local server, and hooks to PHP
reference/help/website.

Needless to say, standard features like syntax highlighting, block
formatting, etc. are a requirement.

I've been looking at Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPEd as primary
candidates. However, I have a short window to buy something (fiscal year
issues) so any comments on these two editors (separately or in
comparison to one another) or other tools I should be looking at would
be greatly appreciated!

c
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Chris Lott <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com>
Jul 17 '05 #1
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Try PHPEdit at www.phpedit.net

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Tony Marston

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"Chris Lott" <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com> wrote in message
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I already use and am happy with a variety of text editors (vim, emacs,
ultraedit, jedit, Homesite) depending on my needs, but I would like
recommendations for a PHP specific IDE that will run on Windows XP.

Specifically I am looking for something that can help with debugging,
provides efficient code browsing (functions, objects, etc) across
multiple files in a project, easy browsing through proper mappings to a
development server/local server, and hooks to PHP
reference/help/website.

Needless to say, standard features like syntax highlighting, block
formatting, etc. are a requirement.

I've been looking at Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPEd as primary
candidates. However, I have a short window to buy something (fiscal year
issues) so any comments on these two editors (separately or in
comparison to one another) or other tools I should be looking at would
be greatly appreciated!

c
--
Chris Lott <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com>

Jul 17 '05 #2

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"Tony Marston" <to**@NOSPAM.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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Try PHPEdit at www.phpedit.net

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It is a great program but it is not quite there yet, (well it _is_ still
under development).

Most of the 'Windows' keyboard shortcuts,(Alt-F-S, Ctrl-H etc...), do not
work.
The auto-complete function has to be turned off as it does not help at all.
Simple functions like search do not work.

And your work area is not saved.

But as far as I know it is the only one that will debug php.

Simon.
http://www.schoolsofafrica.com/
Jul 17 '05 #3

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"Simon" <sp********@schoolsofafrica.com> wrote in
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"Tony Marston" <to**@NOSPAM.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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Try PHPEdit at www.phpedit.net

It is a great program but it is not quite there yet, (well it _is_
still under development).


I will take a closer look at it, but is it still being developed? The last
development release was more than six months ago...
But as far as I know it is the only one that will debug php.


Nusphere and Zend's IDEs both do this as well...

c
Jul 17 '05 #4

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"Chris Lott" <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com> wrote in message
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"Simon" <sp********@schoolsofafrica.com> wrote in
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"Tony Marston" <to**@NOSPAM.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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Try PHPEdit at www.phpedit.net

It is a great program but it is not quite there yet, (well it _is_
still under development).


I will take a closer look at it, but is it still being developed? The last
development release was more than six months ago...


Apparently they are doing some work with it.
But as far as I know it is the only one that will debug php.


Nusphere and Zend's IDEs both do this as well...


Yes but, AFAIK, it is not free.

Simon.
http://www.schoolsofafrica.com/

Jul 17 '05 #5

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"Simon" <sp********@schoolsofafrica.com> wrote in
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> But as far as I know it is the only one that will debug php.


Nusphere and Zend's IDEs both do this as well...


Yes but, AFAIK, it is not free.


True, though I am not averse to paying to get the best tool! I did see that
they are doing work and a new version of PHPEditor is supposed to be out
anytime (they were projecting April and the changelog indicates changes in
the last week).

c
Jul 17 '05 #6

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> I've been looking at Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPEd as primary
candidates.


have a look at the following article published by InfoWorld:
http://www.nusphere.com/news/article..._infoworld.pdf
Jul 17 '05 #7

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Chris Lott <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com> wrote in message
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I've been looking at Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPEd as primary
candidates. However, I have a short window to buy something (fiscal year
issues) so any comments on these two editors (separately or in
comparison to one another) or other tools I should be looking at would
be greatly appreciated!


Tom Yager of InfoWorld did a comparison just a couple of months ago:

http://reviews.infoworld.com/article...Ephprev_1.html
http://reviews.infoworld.com/article...Ephprev_2.html

Cheers,
NC
Jul 17 '05 #8

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"Simon" <sp********@schoolsofafrica.com> wrote in message news:<2g************@uni-berlin.de>...
"Tony Marston" <to**@NOSPAM.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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Try PHPEdit at www.phpedit.net

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It is a great program but it is not quite there yet, (well it _is_ still
under development).


Not true, it is there
<http://www.phpedit.net/products/PHPEdit/download.php>
Most of the 'Windows' keyboard shortcuts,(Alt-F-S, Ctrl-H etc...), do not
work.
Why you want it to be like Notepad? It is better to accept
new/creative ideas, IMHO.
The auto-complete function has to be turned off as it does not help at all.
Not true. It is working perfect for me.
Simple functions like search do not work.
Not true, working fine for me. It has quick class/function locator
as well as Code browser.
And your work area is not saved.
Not true, it has a beautiful plugin named "ProjectManager" for SCC
But as far as I know it is the only one that will debug php.


Again not true. Zend and phpEd have debuggers.

Zend is verrrry slow--slower than DW. IMHO, PHPEdit is so
fast--probably next to devphp (but devphp is not impressive)

But the sad thing is that PHPEdit is going for commercial models
(lite and pro like models, it seems). The good thing is that PHPEdit,
now works in Linux as well <http://www.moep.info/phpedit/screen5.jpg>
and <http://www.phpedit.net/products/PHPEdit/>
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Email: rrjanbiah-at-Y!com
Jul 17 '05 #9

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> Specifically I am looking for something that can help with debugging,
provides efficient code browsing (functions, objects, etc) across
multiple files in a project, easy browsing through proper mappings to a
development server/local server, and hooks to PHP
reference/help/website. I've been looking at Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPEd as primary
candidates. However, I have a short window to buy something (fiscal year
issues) so any comments on these two editors (separately or in
comparison to one another) or other tools I should be looking at would
be greatly appreciated!


Well, as you can see from the traffic you have in the conversation here, it
seems to be more about preference. I've downloaded all of them and have used
them multiple times, but for me Zend does the job that I require it to do
perfectly.

All of them are roughly similar with some odds & ends, and quirks that some
have over the others. I know you don't have much time, but NuSphere and Zend
allow you to download evaluation versions which if you want to purchase, you
simply just have to get a new serial number for them. Zend looks to be the
cheapest for just the IDE (Zend Studio Client).

Download something built in PHP suchs as phpBB and open it up, look around
in the IDE, see if it makes sense to you.

$mycents = 2;

-William
Jul 17 '05 #10

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> >
It is a great program but it is not quite there yet, (well it _is_ still
under development).
Not true, it is there
<http://www.phpedit.net/products/PHPEdit/download.php>


'Not quite there yet' is a commonly used English expression meaning that it
is not fully ready. It does not mean that it cannot be downloaded.
Most of the 'Windows' keyboard shortcuts,(Alt-F-S, Ctrl-H etc...), do not work.
Why you want it to be like Notepad? It is better to accept
new/creative ideas, IMHO.


That's the essence of windows program, almost all windows program use the
same keys.
Don't ask me who thought of it, it is just the case.
I have nothing against creative ideas, that's why I am a programmer. But if
it is going to slow me down then I do not need that kind of creativity.
The auto-complete function has to be turned off as it does not help at
all.
Not true. It is working perfect for me.
Ok, seen that you do not feel like giving examples I will.

Try and type the following with autocomplete.

"this will slow ".$yourname." down, so I shouted 'it does not work' and he
said \"yes it does\"...".

When you program as much as I do you will see how hard it is eventually.
If you have a different version that me then maybe they fixed it.

I also do C programming and my IDE has autocomplete and the above line of
code is very easy to enter.
Simple functions like search do not work.
Not true, working fine for me. It has quick class/function locator
as well as Code browser.
And your work area is not saved.


Not true, it has a beautiful plugin named "ProjectManager" for SCC


You are joking right? Do you know what I mean by work area?
Where my tool bar were, what file was open and where my cursor was etc...
But as far as I know it is the only one that will debug php.
Again not true. Zend and phpEd have debuggers.

Zend is verrrry slow--slower than DW. IMHO, PHPEdit is so
fast--probably next to devphp (but devphp is not impressive)

But the sad thing is that PHPEdit is going for commercial models
(lite and pro like models, it seems). The good thing is that PHPEdit,
now works in Linux as well <http://www.moep.info/phpedit/screen5.jpg>
and <http://www.phpedit.net/products/PHPEdit/>


Yes I know it works on Linux, but that is not what the OP was asking about.

As I said, it is a great application but it is not 'quite there' yet.
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| Just another PHP saint |
Email: rrjanbiah-at-Y!com


Simon
Jul 17 '05 #11

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"Chris Lott" <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com> wrote in message
I would like recommendations for a PHP specific IDE that
will run on Windows XP.
Take a look at the Zeus programmer's editor (shareware):

http://www.zeusedit.com/lookmain.html
Specifically I am looking for something that can help with
debugging, provides efficient code browsing (functions,
objects, etc)
Zeus uses ctags.exe to automatically generate tags for the
source files in the current workspace. These tags are then
used to provide class browser and the code completion.

http://www.zeusedit.com/lookmain.html

I think checked ctags.exe supports PHP in which case these
features should work.
across multiple files in a project,
Zeus has a project workspace model similar to MSVC++.
easy browsing through proper mappings to a development
server/local server, and hooks to PHP reference/help/website.


Zeus has feature called Quick Help that makes navigating
reference files a breeze. Basically you just point Zeus at
any number of chm files (Windows HTML Help files) in a once
of configuration.

Then to search the help, put the cursor on the word in your
source file, run the Quick Help search and within seconds
Zeus will search and load the any hits found to the correct
page in the help file.

And if you use doxygen:

http://www.zeusedit.com/zoxygen.html

you can make CHM help files from your own source code, meaning
the Quick Help will also work with your own source.

Jussi Jumppanen
Author of: Zeus for Windows (All new version 3.92 out now)
"The C/C++, Cobol, Java, HTML, Python, PHP, Perl programmer's editor"
Home Page: http://www.zeusedit.com
Jul 17 '05 #12

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I like Dreamweaver for PHP editing personally. I like its testing functions.

Chris Lott wrote:
I already use and am happy with a variety of text editors (vim, emacs,
ultraedit, jedit, Homesite) depending on my needs, but I would like
recommendations for a PHP specific IDE that will run on Windows XP.

Specifically I am looking for something that can help with debugging,
provides efficient code browsing (functions, objects, etc) across
multiple files in a project, easy browsing through proper mappings to a
development server/local server, and hooks to PHP
reference/help/website.

Needless to say, standard features like syntax highlighting, block
formatting, etc. are a requirement.

I've been looking at Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPEd as primary
candidates. However, I have a short window to buy something (fiscal year
issues) so any comments on these two editors (separately or in
comparison to one another) or other tools I should be looking at would
be greatly appreciated!

c
--
Chris Lott <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com>

Jul 17 '05 #13

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PHPEditor (very good) and it was available free through the brazilian
magazine "Geek". If you want i can send you the zip :)

PS: This is NOT pirated, it's a freelly available version published on a
word wide magazine.

Best regards,
RootShell
Jul 17 '05 #14

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Or... You can have a look at:

http://www.thelinuxconsultancy.co.uk/phpeditors/

:)

RootShell


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I like Dreamweaver for PHP editing personally. I like its testing functions.
Chris Lott wrote:
I already use and am happy with a variety of text editors (vim, emacs,
ultraedit, jedit, Homesite) depending on my needs, but I would like
recommendations for a PHP specific IDE that will run on Windows XP.

Specifically I am looking for something that can help with debugging,
provides efficient code browsing (functions, objects, etc) across
multiple files in a project, easy browsing through proper mappings to a
development server/local server, and hooks to PHP
reference/help/website.

Needless to say, standard features like syntax highlighting, block
formatting, etc. are a requirement.

I've been looking at Zend Studio and Nusphere PHPEd as primary
candidates. However, I have a short window to buy something (fiscal year
issues) so any comments on these two editors (separately or in
comparison to one another) or other tools I should be looking at would
be greatly appreciated!

c
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Chris Lott <chris.lott[AT]gmail.com>

Jul 17 '05 #15

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